David. God, himself, testified that David was a man after His heart and will do everything He wanted him to do (Acts 13:22). In this season of Christmas, I’m finally understanding what this means to me. King David’s life was a portrait of success and failure, but the main thing to highlight is the fact that he was far from being perfect. And through a series of events, God has been highlighting the same in my own life.
The story where David as a young shepherd boy fearlessly faced and defeated Goliath is a perfect example of the absolute faith he had in God. After David professed about Lord’s deliverance, Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” The past 3 months, many things kept on holding me back from following this path God has for me (father’s disapproval, inadequate financial support, discouragements, etc.) But, through it all, like David, I’ve been aware that God is in control of my life and had deep faith that God would deliver me from everything. Not only do I want my faith to be strong, but I want it to please God.
Also, King David’s another finest characteristic is that he was truly thankful. His life was greatly marked by seasons of peace and prosperity as well as seasons of fear and despair. However, never did he forget to thank the Lord for everything he had. Many of his Psalms spoke about giving thanks and praise to Him (Psalm 100:4). This holiday season, I’m more reflecting on giving God what He deserves. I can say confidently that I don’t have anything on my wish list. I think this is one sign that I’m growing up and maturing. I mean, really, what more can I be thankful for? I have a wonderful family who loves me, a home church to grow with, constant support, and more.
I always thought Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks, but was quickly reminded that Christmas is even bigger. The world complicated Christmas, telling us that it’s the season of giving and receiving gifts with the people we love. While that is true, we’re forgetting what God intended it to be, which is thanking, praising, and sharing the greatest gift of all: Jesus. Unlike the world around us, Jesus is teaching me consumerism doesn’t equal happiness, memories, contentment, fulfillment, or meaning, but that He is all I need.
Not going to lie, sometimes, the image of receiving presents excite me. However, at the moment, God’s giving me a heart to give than to receive. Whether that means my time or helping others. Especially my quality, uninterrupted, unhurried time.
So, that has been my prayer. That God would mold me more like Christ, through my actions, words, and heart. That I would be a man and a servant after God’s heart, yearning to know Him more intimately. Soon, I’ll get a chance to see God’s work across the world, but it’s now God is teaching me to be more humble, reverent, respectful, trusting, loving, devoted, faithful, obedient, and repentant.
“May I never lose the wonder… the wonder of Your mercy. May I sing Your Hallelujah… Hallelujah, Amen.”
Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.